Tallahassee, FL – For the first time this season, the 18th-ranked FSU women’s tennis team dropped a match. The Seminoles, who started the year 3-0, fell in the winner’s bracket of the ITA Kickoff Weekend regional to No. 19 Florida 4-0. The loss snapped FSU’s four-match winning streak in the series.
“Hats off to UF,” said FSU Head Coach Jen Hyde. “They were a bit better than us today. We have some good things to work on in practice this week that we can take from our matches today.”
Starting down 1-0 in doubles due to player availability, Petra Hule and Lesedi Jacobs evened things up with a 6-3 win. Vic Allen and Anna Arkadianou were tied 5-5 in their doubles match but were unable to hold on falling 5-7 and putting FSU in the 1-0 hole.
With a forfeit on court 6, the Gators entered singles with a 2-0 lead needing to win just two of the five singles matches to secure the victory. The Gators were able to win those two points on courts three and four to get the victory.
The Seminoles are back in action Wednesday for a midweek tilt versus Florida A&M. The match, which was originally scheduled as a doubleheader, will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Scott Speicher Memorial Tennis Center.
“We get a chance to play FAMU this Wednesday at 4:30 here at home, as well as prepare for a rematch with UF in less than a week down at the USTA Tennis Center in Orlando,” said Hyde. “We can’t wait for another shot in the best environment college tennis has to offer next Saturday night.”
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